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Grand County: Municipal elections coming up in April

by Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News

Municipal elections are coming up in April, and now is the time for citizens to consider their candidacy.

Winter Park will hold its election on April 8. All other statutory Grand County towns hold elections on April 1.

Feel in the mood to run for office? According to the Colorado Municipal League, community leaders are legislators, decision makers, financiers, employers, constructive critics, intergovernmental team players and public relations representatives.

Beyond being willing to wear several hats, ideally, a candidate should have the basic understanding of local government, a willingness to learn about a wide range of topics, have integrity, consistency and confidence, be approachable and accessible and be willing to work cooperatively with others.

Being a trustee or town council member is about making decisions for the betterment of the community, and being in contact with its citizens about what is most important.

To be eligible, you must:

– Be a citizen of the United States

– Be registered to vote

– Be at least 18 years old on the date of the election

– Have lived in your city or town for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the election.

A nomination petition can be picked up at each town hall, which should be signed by a certain number of town citizens in order for a candidate to be put on the ballot. Most towns in Grand County require 10 town citizens’ signatures, but more are recommended in case some signatures don’t qualify.

Here is a rundown of who is up for election this spring.

Hot Sulphur Springs

All seven seats on the town board are up for grabs this April.

The top three vote-getters will be elected for four-year terms, the bottom four will have two-year commitments.

The board members whose terms are up are Susan Whitefeather, Clint Roberts, Bob Shirley, Maura Ransom, Kathy Knight, Darin Foran, and Mayor Hershal Deputy.

The mayoral position is a two-year term.

Nominating petitions can be picked up at town hall starting Feb. 11, and circulated until Feb. 29.

Grand Lake

Four seats are up on the Grand Lake board, including three trustees and the mayoral seat. They are: Mayor Judy Burke, Pat Engelhardt, Glenn Harrington and Kathy Lewis.

All slots are four-year terms.

Nominating petitions can be picked up at town hall starting Feb. 11, and circulated until Feb. 29.

Granby

Five Granby seats are up for election this spring, including the mayor and four trustees. They are: Mayor Ted Wang, Charlie LeBrake (who fulfilled the term of former trustee Joe Cross), Deb Shaw, Mark Bujanovich and Robin Trainor.

In the next election, the top three trustee candidates with the most number of votes will have four-year terms and the remaining candidate will have a two-year term.

The mayor serves a four-year term.

Nominating petitions can be picked up at town hall starting Feb. 11, and circulated until Feb. 29.

Fraser

Three seats including the mayor’s are up for election in Fraser.

The mayoral seat, a four-year term, is currently occupied by Fran Cook.

Three trustees seats, belonging to Joyce Burford, Eric Hoyhtya and Vesta Shapiro, will appear on the ballot.

All are four-year terms.

Nominating petitions can be picked up at town hall starting Feb. 11, and circulated until Feb. 29.

Kremmling

Three trustees seats are up for election in April. They are held by Jim Sloan, Peggy Colburn and Ken Butler.

All three seats are four-year terms.

Nominating petitions can be picked up at town hall starting Feb. 11, and circulated until Feb. 29.

Winter Park

Winter Park is the only home rule town in the county, and has its election on April 8.

Council members Jim Myers, Chris Seemann, Mike Periolat, and Rusty Thompson have terms expiring in April.

Three of the seats are four-year terms, decided by the most number of votes. The remaining seat is a two-year term.

Council members choose the mayor and mayor pro-tem for two-year terms, but Mayor Nick Teverbaugh’s term is not up until 2010.

Candidates may acquire signatures (10), on petitions from Feb. 18 to March 7.

Those names of voters who did not vote in the 2004 election have been purged.

Such voters must re-register with the town if they desire to vote in the April 2008 election.

A sales tax question asking voters if the town should continue its 1 percent sales and lodging tax originally adopted in 1991 will also be on the ballot. Fifty percent of revenues generated by the tax is devoted to marketing; the remaining 50 percent is to be used for capital improvement projects.

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail tbina@grandcountynews.com.


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